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FROM THE LIBRARY OF 
REV. LOUIS FITZGERALD BENSON, D. D. 



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A BOOK FOR DEVOTION. 

By Rev. William T. Sleeper 













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UO STON : 

Lef. and Shepard, Publish kks. 

1883. 



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Quotations from the New Testament ake from 
the Revised Version, 

Illustrations from Bida. 
Copyright in 188:3, by W. T. Sleeper. 



Printed by Lucius P. Goddard, Worcester. 



CONTENTS. 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Jesus by the Sea, - 

The Return from Egypt, - - < 

Jesus in the midst of the Doctors, 

Behold the Lamb of God, - 

Ilealing of the Impotent Man at the Pool, 

Jesus leads the Blind, 

Jesus washes the feet of His Disciples, 

Joseph of Arimathea prepares Christ for Burial, 

Jesus appears to His Disciples, 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



1. The Vision ----- 9 

2. The Advent ----- u 

3. The Guiding Star ----- 14 

4. The Flight ----- 13 

5. The Nazarene • - - - - 19 

6. The Preparation - 22 

7. The Baptism ----- lM 

8. The Ministry - 28 

9. The Night Long Prayer - - - - ;; L > 

10. In Simon's House - 35 

11. Accused of Blasphemy - - - - 38 



12. At Bethesda 



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13. Blasphemed ----- 4;; 

14. Escaped from the Stoning ... 43 
L5. Besought to Depart - :,l 

16. At Bethany - 55 

17. Weeping over Jerusalem - 59 
js. The Last Supper .... 52 
V.K Gethsemane - cc, 

20. Betrayal and Trial - 70 

21. The Crucifixion ... 74 

22. The Resurrection - 7,s 
23 Room for Jesua * - - - - 82 



HYMNS OF JESUS. 



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For Me 


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Jesus is Born 


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Beautiful Star 


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Be Not Afraid 


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My Father's Business 


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The Heralding - 


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Jesus Comes to Save 


8. 


Where is Jesus ? 


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Words of Jesus 


10. 


All from Jesus 


11. 


The Touch of Jesus 


12. 


Come to the Saviour 


13. 


The Love of Jesus 


14. 


The Mind of Jesus 


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At the Feet of Jesus 


16. 


Jesus Whispers 


17. 


Jesus, Advocate 


IS. 


Remember Me 


19. 


Jesus Alone 


20. 


Jesus in the Midst 


21. 


Soul, Arise 


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The Believer's Response 



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P R EFAC E 



I have written this book because it was in my heart, and, 
like David, I wanted to say: "I have not hid thy rigbteou 
within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy 
salvation; I have not concealed thy loving kindness and thy 
truth from the great congregation." 

A little poem out of which the book has grown was pub- 
lished in the Con(/rc(/atlonalist several years ago, entitled, I 
believe, "Room for Jesus." A hymn taken from that poem 
was set to music, and published in "Spiritual Songs for the 
Sunday-School" by "The Century Co." 

I offer this book to the public hoping it may do LT<>od. 

Rev. G. H. GorLD, T). D.,of Worcester, who has read the 
manuscript, says of it," I have lead "The Rejected King" with 
sincere pleasure. It puts the pith of the gospel Into 
rapidly passing word-pictures. Their brevity and quick move- 
ment kindle a glow of devout feeling which increases to the end." 

Rev. A. P. Marvin, of Lancaster, Bays: "'Hie poem, as 

you read it to me, Immediately arrested my attention, and he'd 
it. to the last line. As I am impatient of dull, or diffuse, OF 
tedious poetry, however beautiful the words or the measure. 



I concluded the poem had real merit. When I read it over by 
myself, line by line, and even word by word, spending a day or 
more over it, my interest was increased, rather than satiated. 
This is another proof to me of its real merit, and that not as 
an expression of divine truth, but as poetry." 

Rev. D. O. Mears, d. d., of Worcester, writes me: " I have 
this morning read with great interest and profit your poems on 
"Jesus Rejected. " I do not profess to be a poet, but I do know 
that there are " thoughts that burn " scattered over these pages. 
If you shall cast the work into book form I shall expect that many 
others will be blessed in the perusal as I have been. I congrat- 
ulate you on what you have done. The spirit of tenderness 
breathes in every line. 

Mr. Harry W. French, the popular writer and lecturer, 
says: " I have enjoyed very much reading and re-reading your 
poem. I think very highly of it as a production, and hope, for 
the good of the world, as well as for myself, to see it in print." 

With such words as these I am encouraged to send it forth, 
praying that the blessing of God may rest upon it. 

The Author. 



£l)c ttcjcctcb liing. 



THE VISION. 

"He is despised and rejected of men."— Isa. 53: 3. 

Rapt in what exalted theme 

Did the ancient Prophet dream — 

Heavenly, or of earth below — 

That bis sou] was set aglow 

With a flame of holy fire? 

What could wondering seer admire ? 

'Twas the Mighty One revealed, 

But from worldly souls concealed ; 

Name transcending every name, 

Though in lowliness He came; 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



Beautiful beyond compare. 
Yet QOH€ saw His beauty rare; 
Spurned by those He came to bless, 
Hated for His righteousness^ 
Wounded for our trespasses, 
Bruised for our iniquities, 
On His head our sins were laid, 
By His stripes our peace was made, 
Like a lamb to slaughter brought, 
Though oppressed He murmured not: 
For the world self-sacrificed, 
Yet rejected and despised. 



FOR ME. 



M \ \ of sorrows ! can it be 
That I lis sorrow was for me, 
And I lis a crony ? 



THE REJECTED KIX<.. 11 

Yes, for me in love He came, 
Took upon Himself my blame 
And endured the shame. 

For my fault He insult bore, 
Scoffing rude and scourging sore, 
And a thorn-crown wore : 

Gave His feet and hands and side, 
Gave Himself — my guilt to hide — 
To be crucified. 



THE ADVENT. 

1 There was no room for them in the inn."— Luke 2 : "t 

In the inn no room for them, 
Thy chief guests, Bethlehem ! 
Until thou gavesl room to glean. 

David's flocks to Crop the green ; 



12 THE REJECTED KING. 

But for Mary — blessed one — 
And for David's Royal Son, 
Welcome thou dost QOl pro\ ide ; 
Every room is occupied. 

\<>l>les lounge neath lordly domo. 
Peasants plod to humble homes, 
Foxes in their burrows rest, 
Sparrows gather to their nest ; 
But they give the Heavenly Stranger 
For His bed a rugged manger; 
Home and grateful cheer for all, 
For the Son of ( rod a stall. 

O let Bethlehem's children blush! 

Let her winds their voices hush ! 
O'er the silent, 8tar-lil plain 
Angels sing a joyful strain — 

" Peace on earth, to men good will, 

Glorj all the world shall till "— 

Put it ne'er can he forgot, 

Bet hlehem's children hear.it not. 






THE REJE< TED KING. 13 



JESUS IS BORN. 

Behold the Lord's salvation 

By poets sung of old, 
The hope of tribe and nation, 

By prophets long foretold. 
Hosanna, loud hosanna ! 

The Son of David see ! 
Lift high Ilis royal banner, 

It is the Jubilee. 

Prepare the way before Him, 

Make ready for the King : 
Let all the earth adore Him, 

Ami costly presents bring. 
Ye -;iint-. repeal t Ik* story 

Thai ( Christ, the Lord, is come ; 
Sin- « Hallelujah 1 glory !" 

Ami give Messiah mom. 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



THE GUIDING STAR. 



1 We saw his star in the east, and are come to ivorship 
him."— Matt. 2:2. 



Wise men coming from afar, 
Guided by a wondrous star, 
Gold and myrrh and incense bring, 
Presents to the new-born King; 
Worshiping they bow the knee 
To His veiled Majesty. 
Lord is He of heaven and earth. 
Yet He comes of lowly birth. 
Not to treasure earth-prized things, 
Not to rob of splendor kings, 
Not a monarch's crown to take. 
Nor a royal scepter break ; 
But to rescue man from ill, 
Working out the Father's will. 
King of kings, He leaves His tin-one. 
Clothed in flesh He walks unknown. 



THE IJ EJECTED KING. 15 

To destroy the reign of sin. 
And the reign of grace begin ; 
That a mortal race might be 
Raised to immortality. 



BEAUTIFUL STAR. 



Beautiful Star of the Orient night, 
Wonderful is thy hallowed light, 
Beckoning wise men from afar, 
Star of the Orient, beautiful Star. 

Beautiful Star, thy luminous ray 
Beckon eth me along the way 
To the blest Babe in Bethlehem's Wall, 
Born to be King and Redeemer of all. 



16 TUB REJECTED KING. 

Beautiful Star, -"till brightly shine, 
Pointing to Jesus, the Saviour divine, 
Till at His feet shall bow every knee,. 
Till the whole world His glory shall see. 



THE FLIGHT. ■ 

"Herod icili seek the young child to destroy him.**— Matt. 2 : 13. 

Moved by jealousy and bate, 
Nothing Herod's wrath could sate 
Bui toid murder's deep-dyed stain 
From the blood of infants slain. 
Ah, the laud of Rachel's -rave! 
Crushed with sorrow, none can save. 
Mothers agonized arc weeping 
For their children's breathless sleeping. 



THE REJECTED KING, 17 

Herod's rage cannot j revail, 
Nor his wily plans avail ; 
For the King upon the throne 
Gliardeth well His royal Son. 
Sable Night oh noiseless wings 
From the East her mantle brings, 
Overshading land and sea, 
While the holy household flee 
From the bloody murderer's hand, 
From their homo, their kin, their land. 
To a refuge and repose 
In the land of [srael's woes. 



BE NOT AFRAID. 

Peace, troubled soul ; the Eye 

That never sleeps, 

But keeps 
A faithful watch is nigh. 



18 THE REJECTED KIM,. 

God's loved one need not fear: 

Wherever he 

May be, 
The Father's hand is near. 

[lis tender, loving care, 

A safe retreat, 

Complete, 
Will graciously prepare. 

Though hate control vain man. 
And hitter foes 

( appose, 

They only help God's plan. 

In service of the Lord, 

In holy trust, 

One must 
Prevail ; it is ( rod's word. 

60 on then, toiling one. 
And do thy hest. 
And rest 
Is wired, ( rod's \\ ill is done. 




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THE REJECTED KING. 19 



THE NAZARENE. 

'And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was 
subject unto them." — Luke 2: 5L 

Angels tell them, "He is dead 
Whom ye feared with so much dread;" 
- So vile Nazareth becomes 
Purest, best of earthly homes. 
Here our Jesus, mirthful, mild, 
Lived and sported as a child ; 
lie who formed the virgin's frame 
Her obedient Son became ; 

lie whose hands the heavens made 
Meekly human law obeyed ; 
He whose face was glory's sheen 
Bore the name of Xazarene ; 
He who formed the forest tree 
Wrought its wood in carpentry; 
He who made the seed and ><>il 

Won His bread by sweat and toil; 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



He, the Holy Son of God, 

Made with sinners His abode, 

Smw their vileness, shared their shame, 

Felt their sorrow, bore their blame; 

He who fixed.the mountain's height, 

Set their bounds to day and night, 

O'er the hills of Galilee 

( )ft en journeyed wearily ; 

He who taughl the herb to grow, 

And the rivulet to flow, 

Hungered many a weary day, 

Thirsted on I lis toilsome way ; 

He who owned all earthly store, 

Whom the Heavenly hosts adore, 

Willi the poor, the weak, the lame, 

To the Temple's worship came ; 

He who gave the wise their skill, 

And the seats of power they fill, 

In a child-like spirit, sweet, 
Humbly quest ioned at their feet. 



Tin: REJECTED KIXG. 21 

MY FATHER'S BUSINESS. 

The waiting field is large and white*, 
And doth the sickle keen invite; 
Yea, many drooping plants I see, 
My Father's work is pressing me. 

The reapers in the field are few 
With willing hearts, and brave, and true; 
Help musl be summoned speedily ; 
My Father's work is pressing me. 

The sickles rough and dull with rust, 
Lie careless, I rodden in the dust ; 
Sharpened and furbished must they he: 
My Father's work is pressing me. 

Let not the ripened grain be lost : 
Before the winter's sleet and t'r« »-t 
Jt must be garnered faithfully; 
Mj Father's work is pressing me. 



22 THE REJECTED KIM.. 

THE PREPARATION. 

"Make ready the way of the Lord.'"— Matt. 3: 3. 

Era long foretold is near 
When Messiah shall appear 
Satan's power on earth to quell, 
Jubilee of Israel. 

Open wide, ye gates of day ! 
Death and darkness rlee away ! 
Broken be the sway of sin ! 
Let the King of glory in ! 

John, a burning, sliming light. 
Like Elijah, clothed with might, 
By the Holy Spirit sent, 

( Jometh with t he words, ^ Repent, 
Heaven's kingdom is at hand, 
None before the King can stand 
With His righteous, glowing ire, 
With Ili^ fan and purging fire." 



THE REJECTED KING. 23 

Breathing thoughts, in words of ihnm*. 
Stinging guilty souls with shame, 
To the stern Baptizer brought 
Throngs of men, who cleansing soughl 
Through the rite ordained to be 
Type of Heavenly purity. 
Their confessions, wails, distress* 
Vocal made the wilderness. 



THE HERALDING. 



By Jordan's woody banks 

A mighty voice is heard ; 
From near and far, like gathering cloudy 
The eager people come in crowds 

To hear the Prophet's word: 

" Behold the Land, of God ! 
He comes — tic nations' long desire — 
He comes — a bright consuming fire — 

Behold the Lamh of God!" 



24 III i: REJECTED KING. 

The valleys, hills and woods 
And water-brooks rejoice, 

The mountains hear the thrilling strain. 

A em I echo hack the grand refrain 

Caught from the Preacher's voice: 
•• Behold the Lamb of God! 

He conies to burn the chaff of sin 

[Fc comes the wheat to gather in. 
Behold the Lamb of God!" 



THE 'BAPTISM. 

"And I knew him 7)ot. ,J — Jolm \ 

Now came I Ie who had no sin, 
Fault without, or guile within. 
Gent leness and love and grace 
Lighting I Ii^ resplendent face, 
I rnobserved, of humble mem. 
[fairest ( >ne with mortals seen, 



THE REJECTED KING. 25 

To fulfill the law's demands 

At the faithful Herald's hands. 

Though the Pre&cher knew Him not, 

I [oliness without a spot 

Awed the man, austere and bold, 

Who the rite would fain withhold : 

"I should be baptized of Thee— 

Comesl Thou, my Lord, to me?" 

"Suffer it, and thus fulfill 

I Sod, the righteous Father's will." 

It was done at I lis command ; 
When, behold a vision grand ! 
L<> ! the vaulted heaven rends, 
Whence the Holy Ghost descends 
Like a dove upon I Ii> head. 
And a voice celestial said : 
"This is my Beloved Son. 
All my will in I Iini is done." 
But the people, dull of ear. 

Heaven's Evangel would not hear: 

Hl'ind of heart, they \\<udd not see 



26 THE REJECTED KING, 

In the man of < ralilee 

Him by poets sung of old, 
Him by prophets long foretold, 
Israel's Saviour, Jesse's rod, 
Son of David, Son of God. 



JESUS COMES TO SAVE. 

Behold the Lamb of ( rod ! 

He comes to save ; 

Behold His streaming blood ! 

He comes to save. 
Ye who for healing sigh, 
Ye who for mercy cry, 
Jesus is passing by ; 

I le comes to save. 



THE REJECTED KING. 27 

Ye fearful souls, draw near, 

I [e comes to save; 
Ye dying sinners, hear, 

I [e comes to save. 
He comes to save the lost 
( )n raging billows tossed, 
And counting not the cost, 

lie comes to save. 



ITc conies thy love to win, 

He comes to save ; 
lie comes to conquer sin, 

I Ic comes to save. 

He comes to crush thy foe, 

The path of life to show, 

And rescue thee from woe ; 

lie comes to save. 



28 THE REJECTED KIM.. 



HIS MINISTRY. 



'All they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, 
were tilled with wrath.' 1 — Luke 4 : 28. 



Nazareth, behold thy Guest ! 
Give Ilini welcome, and be blest ; 
Lo ! He seeks thy House of Prayer, 
Greeting friends and neighbors where 
In His youth He oft had heard 
Reverently the Holy Word, 
And, with deep reflection, sought 
To possess the Father's thought. 

The attendant gives to Him 
Isaiah's ancient Book 

Of sacred visions, grand and dim. 
I [e reads i he text, ret urns the roll, 
And sits. The fire within His soul, 



THE REJECTED KING. 29 

Like morning's radiant beam, 

Makes all His features gleam. 
The wondering people look 
At Him with steadfast gaze, while He 
Unfolds the pregnant Prophecy : 

"Today this Scripture graciously 

Completed stands ; the Lord 
Hath to the poor anointed me 

T<> preach the joyful word : 
To loose the captive's fettered mind 

The Spirit sendeth me, 
Celestial sighl to give the blind, 

And set t he prisoner free ; 
God's time to favor men proclaim, 

And comfort them that mourn, 
To take away their sin and shame, 

To heal the bruised and torn." 

Lovingly He spake the wdrd, 

Jealously the people heard ; 



30 THE R EJECTED KING. 

Their rebellious unbelief 

Tore His gentle soul with grief, 

And deserved rebuke compelled ; 

Foolish wrath their bosoms swelled. 

Nazareth, O Nazareth ! 

Wilt thou put thy Lord to death? 

Murder foul is in thy breast ! 

Heaven thy purposes arrest ! 

Clouds and darkness veil the place 

That has banished Love and Grace ! 



WHERE IS JESUS? 

Song of Sol. 1 :7. 

Where, my Beloved; canst Thou be? 

O tell me, I would follow Thee. 

"Toiling at home, as Heaven wills, 
A pilgrim o'er Judean hills, 



THE REJECTED KING. 



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With reverent worshipers I meet, 
With wise men, sitting at their feet." 

Where, my Beloved, canst Thou be? 

O tell me, I would follow Thee. 

" Blessing the newly wedded pair, 
With little children needing care, 
Feed iii^ the hungry lest they die, 
Healing the blind and sick that cry." 

Where, my Beloved, canst Thou be? 

() tell me, I would follow Thee. 

"Opening to prisoners the door. 
Teaching the ignorant and poor, 
Forgiving them who weep their wrong, 
Filling the mourner's heart with song." 



Where, my Beloved, canst Thou he? 
() tell me, I would follow Thee. 



32 THE REJECTED KING. 

"Alone all night in fervent prayer, 
By Kidron's waters, weeping there, 
Serenely waiting cross and grave, 
Living, dyinsj the lost to save." 



THE NIGHT LONG PRAYER. 

'And continued all night in prayer to God."— Luke 6: 12. 

Doomej) Capernaum He Bought, 
Where the many wonders wrought — 
sick made whole, demoniacs healed — 
Power divine on earth revealed. 
Wondering tin-onus to hear and see, 
Followed I Km in ( ralilee, 
Bui they spurned His words so blest — 
* w ( 'nine, ye weary souls and rest ." 



THE REJECTED KING. 33 

After toiling through the day, 
Sadly Jesus t urned away 
To the mountain's solitude 
Where no mortal might intrude. 
See Him bowing to the ground, 
Silence reigning all around. 
Save the night bird's doleful cry, 
And the breezes' moanful sigh. 
What great burden weights the prayer 
Of the sinless Saviour there? 
While the world to slumber goes, 
And disciples find repose, 
While the birds and beasts repair 

To t heir perch and covert lair, 

What heart-rending sorrows roll 

Over His unselfish soul ? 

Not .-i conscience in distress 

From the pangs of guilt mess, 

Not the tVar of suffering 

From the wrath of priest and king; 

"Twas the chain of sinner's thrall. 



34 THE R EJECTED KING. 

'T\\ as the woe that whelms us all, 
Twas the direful doom Impending 
Over souls their God offending. 



WORDS OF JESUS. 



"Come hither, ye that labor. 

With heavy burdens pressed, 

My service bringeth blessing, 
My yoke the sweetest rest." 

" Behold the Rock of Ages! 

Ye thirsty, come to me. 
And drink the living water 

That floweth full and free." 

k ( rod's love is s<> abounding, 
I lis only Son He gave, 

That whosoever vvilleth, 

Eternal life shall have." 



THE REJECTED RING. 35 

-* My Father's house hath mansions* 
Both large and wondrous fair, 

And when all things are ready, 

I'll come and bring you there." 

< ) gracious words of Jesus ! 

They never can grow old ; 
Their precious worth and sweetness 

Can never all be told. 



IN SIMON'S HOUSE. 

" This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who 

and what manner of woman this is which toucheth 

him, that she is a sinner."— Luke 7: 39. 

At a feast — the Pharisee's — 
One to Jesus on her knees 
Boweth with the guilt of years, 
And His feel she bathes with tears, 



36 THE REJECTED KING. 

Wipes them with her flowing hair, 
And anoints with spikenard rare. 
Bui the guests with haughty mein 
Gaze with scorn upon the scene. 

Jesus now His host addressed — 
"To thy house I came a guest : 
Neither water for my feet, 
Nor a kiss, nor spikenard sweet 
Didst thou give. This woman pours 
Forth for me love's choicest stores. 
Lo ! her sins are all removed, 
Though so many — much she loved."" 



ALL FROM JESUS. 
All from Jesus ; 

All t he hope of sin EorgN en. 

All the comfort in life's journey, 

All t he promises <>f I leaven ; 

All From Jesus. 



THE RK.FECTKP KING. 



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All from Jesus ; 

All the vict'ries over sin. 

All the strength to bear and labor, 

All the help the goal to win ; 

All from Jesus. 



All from Jesus : 
All the righteousness and grace, 
All the cleansing and the fitness 
To behold t lie Father's face ; 

All from Jesus. 

All from Jesus : 
All the joy ami all the trust 
When the soul is winged for Heaven, 

And the (\\\<\ returns to <lust : 
All from Jesus. 

All from Jesus : 
All the gladness, all the song, 
All the cr< >\\ as and all I Ik- glory 

Of that happy, blood-bought throng; 

All from Jesus. 



38 "III 1-2 REJECTED KIM.. 

ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY. 

"And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, 
This man blasphemeth."— Matt. 9:3. 

Demons know Messiah's name; 
Wondering people spread Ili^ fame ; 
Palsied limbs and leprous skin. 
Frenzied minds destroyed by sin, 
Shameless souls to vice inured 
By Mis gracious touch are cured, 
Proving Him the promised Son, 
Wonderful, the Mighty One. 
Yet the unbelieving scribes 
Cast at Him their angry gibes ; 
••A blasphemer," murmur they, 
" Who hut God takes sin away ?" 
All t<»<> blind to understand 
I [e who dot li disease command, 
And the dying bid t<» live, 

('an as well their sins forgive. 



THE REJECTED KING. 39 



THE TOUCH OF JESUS. 

Thk gracious touch of Jesus, 

So wonderful to heal, 
The balm for sin and sorrow, 

Doth ( rod in Christ reveal. 

The blind who cried for mercy 

He touched, and lo ! they see*, 

Souls held with chains of bondage 
He touched, and they are free. 

The deaf who ne'er heard music 

1 1 is touch made glad with song; 

The dumb who ne'er sang praises 
Rejoiced with tuneful tongue. 

The withered and the dying 
He touched to noble strife ; 

The dead, "mid weeping mourners. 
His touch awoke to life. 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



The wondrous touch of Jesus, 

So potent long ago, 
[s still the one thing needful 

To save from death and woi . 



AT BETHESDA. 



* The Jews persecute Jesus because he did these things 
on the Sabbath."— John 5: 16. 



T was the Holy Sabbath day : 
At Bethesda many lay, 
Weak and withered, lame and blind, 
Waiting anxiously to find, 
In the crowd, a kindly feeling, 
In the moving waters, healing. 
( hie in pain had moaned for years, 
Hoping still amid Ids fears. 



THE REJECTED KING. 41 

Thoughtless people hurry by, 
Careless of the plaintive cry. 
Jesu> n<>\\ is passing near — 
Will lie see the sufferer's tear? 
Will He stoop to hear the prayer 
Of the helpless in despair? 
Yes, though King and Lord of all, 
He will heed the humblest call. 
Hear His words, so sweet and low — 
• % Rise, take up thy bed and go." 
Lo ! the impotent is whole. 
Healed in body, saved in soul ; 
And II i^ tongue is filled with song — 
-Jesus, Jesus, made me strong." 
ret the .lew- no Saviour see 
In this I [eavenly minisl ry. 
Bigots blind, they seek to slay 
Him who made the Sabbath day. 



42 THE REJECTED KING. 

COME TO THE SAVIOUR. 

Come, weary soul, the Saviour is calling, 
Full of compassion, and ready to save; 
Come to the gracious One, trust in His word. 
Come to the mighty One, He is the Lord; 

Great is thy sin, but His love greater still, 
Wilful thy heart is, vet stronger His will. 
Come to the Saviour, come to Him now. 
Come and with angels adoringly bow. 

Come, needy soul, the Saviour is knocking, 

Long has lie waited to enter thy door; 
Open thy heart to Him, He would come in, 
Give thy best room to Him, turn out thy sin"; 
Though thou hast wronged I lira, His pardon is free, 
Though thou hast slighted. His least waiteththee. 

Come to the Saviour, come to Him n<>\\, 
( ome and with angels adoringly bow. 



THE REJECTED KING. 43 

Come, sinful soul, the Saviour is waiting, 
Patient and loving and ready to save ; 
Say to the waiting One, " Here is my heart," 
Say to the loving One, " My Lord Thou art." 
Tell all thy sin to Him, He will forgive, 
Tell all thy love to Him, He will receive. 
Come to the Saviour, come to Him now, 
Come and with angels adoringly bow. 



BLASPHEMED. 

'By Beelzebub the prince of 'the devils casteth he out devi fa"— Luke 11 : 15. 

On; Father in Heaven, be hallowed Thy name, 
The world, as Thy kingdom, now speedily claim. 
Thy will, as witli angels, be done here, we pray, 
The bread that is needful, O give us each day. 
Forgive our transgressions as we now forgive, 
Exposed to temptation, () may we not live, 
But save from the Evil One, Father divine, 
V<>v kingdom and power and glory are Thine. 



44 



TBE REJECTED KIN<.. 



While this prayer the Saviour taught, 
One possessed to Ilini was brought, 
Sinful, wretched, Mind and dumb, 
By foul demons overcome. 
Through His word the man was healed 
And the power of God revealed ; 
But the people blindly said — 
"Jesus heals through Satan's aid." 



Jewish hearts with hate were tilled. 
Sweetly love from His distilled. 
"A deceiver," murmured they, 
But of truth lie was the way : 
In His life was nothing wrong, 
u He hath devils," cried the throng; 
While he labored for their good, 
They were thirsting for His blood. 



THE REJECTED KING. 45 

THE LOVE OF JESUS. 

The love of Jesus, O how ivcel 
A boundless sen ! 

Embracing all, below, above. 
The sea of love. 

It reaches tar ;i^ sin is found. 

And wrongs abound. 
And man is saved, without, within, 

From guilt and sin. 

Oli, shoreless ocean, deep and .broad ! 

The love of God! 
The ruined tribes of every race 

May trusl thy grace. 

The world redeemed by Thee shall raise 

The song of praise, 
And join with all the hosts above 

To tell Thy love. 



46 THE REJECTED KING. 

ESCAPED FROM THE STONING. 

4> They took up stones therefore to cast at him, but Jesus 
hid himself."— John 8 : 59. 

Bbought by Pharisee and scribe, 

With a haughty, heartless gibe, 

Once a woman in disgrace 

Cow'red before the Saviour's face 

In confusion, guilty, vile. 

I lor accusers full of guile, 

Proving her in sin, invite 

Him to toll them what was right. 

iX What say'sl Thou-? The law is plain 

Stoned until the sinner's slain" 

Bui their crafl and guilt He saw. 

And the wretched woman's awe. 

And, for them with shame profound. 

Stooped and wrote upon the ground. 

[Treed, He spake — incensed within — 



THE K EJECTED KIN*.. 47 

•• Lei the person free from sin 
Be the first to east a stone." 
Self-condemned they, one by one. 
Stole away, as culprits will, 
Stung by conscious guilt, until 
Misery and Mercy rare 
Face to face were standing there. 
Jesus saw the contrite tear, 
Knew that humble heart sincere, 
And lie said with accents mild 
To the now believing child, 
"Go thy way and sin no more" — 
Word, like Moses' rod of yore. 
Giving drink to Israel's flock 
From the desert's smitten rock — 
'•(m thy way, from sin depart," 
Smote the fountain of her heart. 
" Xot condemned to endless gloom," 
For the Morning St-ar has 'come. 
Light in darkness, Heavenly flame, 
Making glad a ^<>ul of shame. 



48 



THE REJECTED KING, 



Jesus said, " I am the light 
Of the world, no cheerless night 
Can becloud their shining way 
Who observe me and obey." 
."Many words of truth profound, 
To the ninltit ude around. 
From His heart — a fountain stored - 
Like a river Jesus poured ; 
While the stream of wisdom flowed, 
All His radiant features glowed. 
But the .lews with anger burned, 
And UN words of life they spurned : 

Seizing stone- they SO light to slay 
Christ, the Life, the Truth, the Way. 
lint I Ie vanished out of sight ; 
Lr;i\ ing t hem in wilful night. 



THE REJECTED KING. 49 

THE MIND OF JESUS. 

The mighty works of Jesus 
Along I lis rugged way, 

Like fountains in the desert, 

His gracious mind display ; 
So I will follow Jesus 

Among the poor and blind, 
Beseeching Him to give me 

The same unselfish mind. 

Behold Him with the lepers, 

The palsied and the lame! 
lie leaves them all rejoicing 

And publishing His name. 
( ) for the mind of Jesus, 

I lis love ami gentleness, 
Hi> grace and sweet compassion, 

His pity for distress ! 



50 THE REJECTED KING. 

Now moved by weeping mourners 

He gives them back their dead ; 
And hungry thousands thronging 

By Him are freely fed. 
for the mind of Jesus, 

II is faithfulness and zeal, 
His patience and TTis mercy, 

I lis love for all men's weal ! 

blessed mind of Jesus! 

love beyond coin pure ! 

1 cannot know its fulness, 

Hut let this be my prayer : 
" I Ii^ spirit meek and Ion ly, 

1 lis sweet humility, 
His purpose, high and holy, 

( ) give t hem, Lord, to me ! " 



UK REJECTED KING. 51 



BESOUGHT TO DEPART. 



■* k They besought him thai fie would depart from (heir borders 
Matt. 8: 34. 



Daylight uow is growing dim; 
Yet new throngs arc pressing Him, 
Teaching on the sea-chafed shore — 
I [is own temple's pebbly floor. 
Calling His disciples, He 

Bids them come and cross the sea. 
While the night on silent wings, 
Darkness deep around them brings. 
Worn with toil He seeks for rest. 
And with slumber deep is blest . 

Suddenly a tempest comes ; 

L<> ! t In- angry water foams. 
The disciples fearing, cry — 

k% Master, save us. or we die.' 1 



52 THE REJECTED KI\<.. 

Now sublime amid the storm 
Stands serene that noble form. 
While Tie utters — " Peace, be still. 
Winds and waves obey His will. 
As the billows of the sea 
Know ITis voice and instant 1 y 
Bow obedient to His word, 
Will not man confess Ilmi Lord? 

Gergesa swing wide thy gates, 
Jesus at thy portal waits. 
Now thy favored hour is come. 
Give the great Messiah room ! 
List ! a frenzied madman raves 
From the tombs in rocky caves, 
Fierce, by demon power possessed, 
Yet he knows this God-like Guest, 
And he runs to meet t he Lord. 
Prostrate falling at the word — 
" ( hit from him t hou spirit vile, 
Quit t he soul t hon dost defile." 



THE REJECTED KIM.. 



53 



"Legion" was the demon's name, 
From thai soul the legion came; 

And the man in freedom sweet 

Sat restored at Jesus' feet. 

When these things, so strange, were heard 

In the city, all were stirred, 

And witli folly in their heart 

Urged the Saviour to depart. 

Gergeso, < > Gergesa ! 

ruder what ill-omened star 

I )(>M thou mourn thy herd of swine, 

And reject the Lord Divine? 



54 THE REJECTED KING. 



AT THE FEET OF JESUS. 

At the feet of .Jesus, 

Place of pardon sweet. 
Sinners, lost and guilty, 

I [ere compassion meet. 

At the feet of Jesus 

Sheltered well I hide; 
Sin can never harm me 
While I here abide. 

At the feet of Jesus 

Do I learn to be 
Reaper in the harvest 

For eternity. 

At the feet of Jesus 

Joyfully I wait 
Till the Master hid me, 

Enter I leaven's gate. 



THE REJECTED KIN'(J. 55 



AT BETHANY. 

'• From that day forth they took counsel together to put 
him to death."— John 1 1 : 53. 

Bethany, sweet Bethany, 
One dear home has hallowed thee, 
Loved by Him whose love is more 
Than far Ophir's golden store. 
Here the King oft turned for rest, 
Here three loving souls were blest ; 
Theirs to serve with tender care ; 
His, to pour out wisdom rare. 

Martha, much with care encumbered 

Served her honored Lord ; 
Mary's hours were sweetly numbered 

Listening to His word ; 
.Martha, making toil her pleasure, 

Pleased her noble GneM : 
Mary, pouring out hove's treasure, 

Pleased her Master best. 



5H 



THE REJECTED KIXG. 



While their Friend was Ear away, 
An unhidden guest, one day. 
Forced an entrance to their cot — 
Lazarus, alas ! was not. 
All the grief of hearts so true, 
Hopes defeated, .Icsns knew. 
Saw the solemn train and bier, 
Farewell kiss and scalding tear, 
Knew the brother's mortal sleep. 
( lame to comfort and to weep. 

■• The .Master is come, and calleth for thee, 

Fear not, weeping child. IIi> love thou shall see, 
He feels for thy grief, He bears all thy blows, 
He weeps for thy tears, and carries thy woes; 

Arise from thy OOUch and speed to the place 

Where Jesus doth wait to ^h<>\\ thee His grace. 
Thy prayer shall he heard if thou wilt believe, 
Greal things God will give if thou canst receive. 1 

At the grave lie breathed a groan: 

When t hey i-olled aw av the stone. 



THE KK.ri:< TED KING. 57 

With up lifted eve- to Heaven — 
•• Father, Thou hast answer u i\en 

To my prayer, and I rejoice : 
Then He cried with mighty voice: 
** Lazarus, come forth ! " and he 
That was dead lived instantly. 

For these acts of mercy shown. 
Miracles <>r' --race well known — 
Mourners solaced, hungry fed. 
Blind restored, and raised the dead — 
Jewish priest and Pharisee 
Were but tilled with enmity : 
And, in secret counsel, they 
All agreed the Christ to slaw 



58 THE REJECTED KING. 

JESUS WHISPERS. 

Wiikn thy breast 
Heavily with care is pressed, 

Jesus whispers tenderly, 

ww Come to me, 
I will give the weary rest." 

When thy soul 
Bleeds in pain at sin's control, 

Jesus whispers graciously, 

" Look to me, 
I will make the wounded whole." 

When draw near 
Dread forebodings, dark and drear, 
Jesus whispers lovingly, 
" Trust in me, 

I will take away t h v tear." 



THE REJECTED KING. 59 

When Death's night 
Darkness spreads o'er mortal sight, 

Jesus whispers faithfully, 

" Lean on me, 
I will uive thee life and light." 



WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM. 

"And when he drew nigh, he saw the, city, and wept over it. 11 
Luke 19: 41. 

Behold Him that cometh by prophets foretold ! 
The way strown with garments and branches behold ! 
With shouts of hozanna the mountain tops ring : 
Hie march is triumphal, He cometh a King. 
Though meekly He rides on the symbol of peace 
Approaching the city, the shoutings increase — 
" Hozanna, ho/anna to David's great Son ! 
For great are the deeds the Anointed hath done" 
But O, how amazing! the King is in tear- 
While Bhining in splendor the city appeals; 
As shouts from the lips of the multitude leap, 



60 



FECTED KING. 



The doom of fair Salem compels Him to weep: 

a If thou, Jerusalem, only couldst see 

The day of thy peace! But 'tis hidden from thee. 

Too late will l)c weeping to save thee from woe. 
Rejecting thy Friend thou shalt fall by thy foe." 

As a lien her chickens brings 

To the covert of her $ings, 

So Jerusalem, would I, # 

Gathering my children nigh, 

Guard them from the wrath to come. 

Shield them from impending doom ; 

But they will not come to me. 

To my refuge will not flee. 

%w () perverse Jerusalem ! 

Thou that Mindly killest them 

Sent to thee in Mercy's name, 

r I n\ rederapt ion t o proclaim ! 

( ) Jerusalem, alas ! 

Soon thy woes shall come to pass ! 

And th\ house, so famed mid great, 
Shall he left thee desolate. 






THE REJECTED KING. 01 

JESUS, ADVOCATE. 

Jests, Advocate unseen. 

Me and judgment just between, 

What I am and what I've been 

Thou canst see. Lord, Thou canst see. 

Every sinful word and thought, 
Every selfish object sought, 
Every failure I have wrought, 
Pardon me, ( ). pardon me. 

All my help when woes prevail, 
All my hope when earth shall fail, 
All my trust when sinners quail 
Are in Thee, Lord, are in Thee. 

To Thy judgment when I come, 
St ; 1 1 1 < 1 between my soul and doom, 
With the righteous give me room 
( rraciously, < >, graciously. 



62 THE REJECTED KING. 

THE LAST SUPPER. 

H This is my body which is given for you." — Luke 22 : 1'.* 

All made ready for the feast. 

Bread and wine and slaughtered beast, 

Jesus and Tlis friends repair 

To the Paschal supper, where 

Type and Antitype complete 

In that sacred chamber meet. 

Now . O shame! before His face 

Tlis disciples strive for place; 

But their King, through love uncrowned, 

Witli a servant's napkin bound. 

Stoops to wash their weary feet. 

Soiled and heated in the street. 

When >uch humbleness we sec. 

What is our humility ? 

When such love as IIi> is seen, 

WhatV our love but semblance mean? 



THE REJECTED KING. 63 

After the Paschal Lamb was eat, 
Wine-cups filled and drank, they yet 
Linger on His words, while He, 
Down the centuries to be, 
Doth with prophet-vision gaze, 
And decree, to their amaze, — 
"Let the broken bread and wine 
Be a sacrament divine, 
Symbols of my flesh and blood, 
Offered up for von to God ; 
Bond of brotherhood and love, 
Pledge of fellowship above, 
Feast, forevermore to be 
A memorial of me." 

AVas there in that company 
One ^<> sunk in infamy. 
One whose false inul selfish soul 
Was so under >in"^ conl rol, 
That lie did not. could not share 
In that entertainment rare ? 



64 THE REJECTED KING. 

That he could not have a pari 
In thai fellowship of heart ? 

Speed him from that holy place 
Where our God unveils Hi> face! 

Darkness, hide the traitor's tracks! 
Mortals, tremble for his acts! 



REMEMBER ME. 

Remember Thee, dear Lord ! 

( Jan I forget the love 
Thai brought Thee down to weeping earth 

From Tliv blest courts above ? 



( 'an I forget Thy sweat 
And toil in ( ialilec ? 

Thy weariness at Sychar's well, 
Tli v great Immilit \ ? 



THE REJECTED KING. 



65 



Can I forget Thy hand 

Laid gently on my head, 

And " Let the little children come." 
So kindly, sweetly said ? 

Forget Thou saidst to me — 
I Fnused to love before — 

When all my sin and guilt were known. 
** Go, child, and sin no more ? " 

( an I forget Thy look 

In Pilate's judgment hall, 
When scourged and mocked and crowned with thorns, 

And wounded by my fall '; 

Can I forget Thy en >ss, 

And agonizing cry — 
" My God, why dost Thou hide from me?" 

" Lama Sabachthani ? " 






66 



TIIK REJECTED KING 



GETHSEMANE. 

My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death.** — Mark 14: 34. 



It is night. The traitor goes 
Stealthily to Jesus foes, 
Plotting with them to betray 
Christ before the dawn of day. 
After their last supper ends. 
Still lie lingers with IIi> friends. 
( lomforting them tenderly 
Ere He seeks ( tethsemane. 

From that sacred upper room 
Come they to the Garden's gloom. 

Many woes had .Jesus known, 
.Meekly bearing them alone ; 
Many conflicts had I Ie met. 
I Jut i In- greatest conflict yet 
Was to he endured in t hee, 
() t hou sad ( rethsemane ! 



THE REJEl TED KING. 67 

Crushed with sorrow strange and deep, 
I Ii> disciples drowned in sleep, 
Heedless e'en the chosen three, 
Dead all human sympathy, 
Kneeling, weeping there alone, 
See Him wrestle, hear Him groan. 
Witness \c I Iiv asronv, 
Stones of mute Gethsemane ! 

See I IN visage marred and wet 
With great drops of bloody sweat ! 
•• ( ) my Father, if thou be 
Willing, take this cup from me; 
Yet Thy will, not mine be done," 
Prayed the meek, obedient Son. 
Who may solve the mystery 
( )t" that dark ( rethsemane '.' 

Tel] me what malignant dart 
Had so pierced the Saviour's heart. 
'Twas not fear that made Him cry, 
Nor the death He was to die : 
For. to bear the cross. I le came. 



68 



THE REJECTED KING 



With its cruelty and shame. 
Whence, then, came His agony 
'Neath thy shade, Gethsemane? 

Had the tempter, armed for fight, 
Come again in dreadful might? 
Had the Father hid His face 
From the Friend of such a race. 
Leaving Death and horrid gloom 
Free to make this world a tomb! 
Was the weight of human « » u i 1 1 
Crumbling this fair temple built 
Of material too frail, 
So His mission here might fail, 
And mankind bewail the loss 
It" lie died not on the cross ? 
Man may never, never know 
All t he dept hs of .Ions' woe ; 
But t he Son shall victor be 
K\ en in ( let hsemarie. 



THE UEJECTED KING 



69 



Heaven heard the suppliant prayer, 
Angels flew to help Him there; 
And He calmly met the band 
Led by . Judas' guilty hand. 
Saying, ** Let us go, behold 
Now is come the hour foretold/* 
With divine sublimity 
Jesus left ( rethsemane. 



JESUS ALONE. 



() S.\ viot n. can it be 
Thai 1 can sleep. 
Whilst Thou in bitter agony 

Dost pray and weep ! 

T<> watch Thou calledst me 

For Thy dear sake ; 
But slumber presses heavily, 

I cannot wake. 



70 



THE REJECTED KING. 



u No, cannot watch one hour," 

With shame I cry; 
And Satan with malignant power 

Is pressing nigh. 

Lord .Jesus, Thou the blow 

Must bear alone ; 
Alone must face man's mighty foe 

And weep and groan. 



BETRAYAL AND TRIAL. 



'They shouted, saying, crucify, crucify Mm."— Luke 28: 2t. 

Judas comes — the traitor seen 
In his heartless kiss and mein — 
With a crowd equipped with arms, 
'Neath the shade of leaf-crowned palms. 
Terror-stricken at the sight 
Ili^ disciples cower iii flight. 



THE REJECTED KING. 71 

Like a felon, bound with cord, 
Soldiers lead away the Lord. 

Now before their Council vile, 
.Marked by bitter hate and guile, 
Jesus stands in Judgment Hall, 
Mocked, condemned, despised by all ; 
Though in Heavenly counsel high 
lie had given Himself to die 
To redeem the world from woe, 
And its tyrant overthrow. 
Priest and elders, mad and blind, 
Seek false witnesses to find 
To condemn by law the right, 
And with darkness hide the light. 
Love ami mercy are belied, 
Truth and justice are denied; 
Yet. how strange! lie answers not 
To their perjured slanders brought. 
When adjured by priest to say 
Whether He was Christ or nay, 
Jesus said, " I am. and ve 



72 



THE REJECTED KING. 



Soon the Son of Man shall see 

Seated at the Father's side. 

Clothed with power, though now decried; 

Coming to the earth again, 

liobed in cloud and crowned to reign." 

"Blasphemy,' 1 the rulers cried; 

"Guilty," every voice replied. 

Author of abounding grace, 

Sinners smite Thee on the face. 

Thou who gav'st these wretches breath, 

Art by them condemned to death. 

\o\v to Pilate Tie was brought, 

Then by Herod set at naught, 

Scoffed, reviled 1>\ servile hands. 

Rudely scourged by soldiers' hands; 

I Jill their scorn He meekly bore, 

And t heir crown of insult wore. 

While they, jeering, bowed the knee. 

Flailing Him in irony. 

" ( Yncify I lim. crucify ! " 

Was their fierce and angry crv ; 



THE REJECTED KING. 73 

" Let the murderer go free, 
Let Barabbas pardoned be, 

But to death let Christ be led, 
And His blood be on our head." 

Of humaneness all bereft, 
Lost the man — the savage left, 
What had filled their hearts with hate? 
What was His offense so great, 
That I lis blood, and nothing less, 
Must now sate their bitterness? 
That a cross of crimson dye 
Must their rancor satisfy ? 

Hear Ye: 

Jesus lias been tried 
At the bar of maddened pride, 
And the cause of I Ii> offense 
K<»uik1 to be Hi^ innocence, 
Nobleness and virl ue pure. 
Truth which sin cannot endure. 



74 THE REJECTED KING. 

Wisdom with humility, 
Pow'r not used vaingloriously, 
Holiness begot above, 
And for sinners too much love. 



THE CRUCIFIXION. 



'And they crucified him, and the malefactors." — Luke 23: 33". 

As it was in BethlehenJ — 
w - In the inn no room for them n — 
So forever has it been ; 
Room for suffering and sin, 
[loom for passion, room for vice, 
Room for human sacrifice. 
Room for hat red. room for pride. 
Room for falsehood to abide, 



THE REJECTED KING. 75 

Koom for masters and their slaves, 
Room for battles, room for gv2L\ es, 
Room for selfishness and greed, 
Room i*>v broken hearts to Meed ; 
But for Truth and Love and Grace* 
In the world was found no place; 
None for Him who came to save 
But a Golgotha and grave. 
Room at last, ye angels see ! 
Room is found on Calvary ! 
Room for jagged nail and spear! 
Room for groans ! O Heaven, hear! 
Room for Mood and ghastly wounds! 
Room for grief that has no hounds! 
Room for Jesus on the tree ! 
Room to die in agony ! 
Let the sun refuse to shine 
On the Sufferer Divine ! 
Wrong has triumphed over right ! 
Darkness <>\ er Heaven's light ! 



76 THE REJECTED KING. 

Rend ye rocks, ye mountains quake! 
From your dust ye saints awake ! 
For in Joseph's rock-hewn toinh 
Man's Redeemer lies in gloom. 
Long and dark the night must be! 
Who beyond its shade can see? 
Faith, the legacy of ages, 
Hope, inspirer of the sages. 
Star, that led from Orient lands, 
Advent song of angel bands, 
Promises to prophets made, 
In a sealed tomb are laid. 

Grace i> spurned and God blasphemed ; 

All of which t lie ancients dreamed, 
Poets sang in vcr.se profound, 
.Men have t rampled to the ground. 
Yet. no wral It of God awakes, 
Ne'er a sound His silence breaks, 
Pa1 ieni and forbearing st ilk 
Lo\ e conl rols I Ii> dreadful will. 



THE REJECTED KING. 77 

Day for them is < * ; 1 1 1 1 1 and fair, 
Still they breathe the fragrant air, 
Draw their food from land and maim 
Whose Creator they have slain. 
Beautiful the moon at night 
Pours for them its silver lighl : 
Freighted clouds on snowy wings 
Store for them refreshing springs. 
O the wondrous love of God ! 
Like the ocean, dee]) and broad, 
Patient and forbearing still, 
Mercy holds His fateful will ; 
Hi- dread hand lie lifteth not 
From Mis book their names to blot, 
Though I IN Son theyVe crucified, 
Spurned UN Gifts, UN grace denied. 



78 



THE REJECTED KING. 



THE RESURRECTION. 

"He Himself stood in the midst of them." " Peace be 
unto 1/ou. — Luke 24:36. 

Lo, the tomb of rock is shaking! 
Through its gloom a lighl is breaking! 

Seal and stone and guard are vain. 
Sin and Death by Christ are slain. 
Faith is realized in sight, 
I [ope in joys wiili glory bright, 
For thai star the Sun appears, 
Easter-song the mourner cheers. 
Jesus lives ! and hearts are glad 

Late with keenest sorrow sad ; 
Jesus lives ! and, wondrous grace, 
Meets I [is 1<»\ ed ones face to face. 
Joins t hem in t heir gloomj walk, 
( Jomforts while t hey sadly talk, 
Opens to their minds the word, 
Shows I [imself t heir risen Lord. 



THE REJECTED KING. 79 

When disciples meet for prayer 
I [e mysteriously is there. 
And their doubts all disappear. 
Peace prevails and Heaven is near. 
By His frequent presence blest 
They believe their wonSrous Guesl 
Always near, in union sweet, 
Wedlock h<»ly and complete, 
Whom they feel and seem to see 
In their joyful company, 
Radiant before their eyes, 
Though ascended to the skies. 

Their Messiah — veiled from sight — 
Yet is with them in His mighl : 
And the message they have heard 
From I Ti> lips, "Go preach my word 
To all nations far ami near," 
They obey without a fear. 
On His promise they depend, 
" I am with VOU t<» the end.** 



80 THE REJECTS!) KING. 

Hasten, Pentecostal hour! 
Holy Ghost, display Thy power! 
Wonders work in Jesus' name! 
Mortals speak with tongues of flame! 
Sinners, for your hardness, grieve ! 
Thousands in a day believe! 
Let the guilty race draw near, 
Love's forgiving voice to hear, ! 
Let the nations, lost and blind, 
Come, and their Redeemer find! 
Prisoners, drop your chains and sing — 
" Glory, glory to the King !" 
Darkness, flee before the light ! 
Demons, speed your swiftest flight ! 
From his throne let Death he hurled! 
Let Christ's kingdom fill the world! 



THE REJECTED KING. 



81 



JESUS IN THE MIDST. 



In the midst of Eden's bowers, 
'Mid perennial fruits and flower-. 
Bloomed the Tree of Life most fair 
'Twas a type of Jesus there. 

In the midst of seraphs prone 
Reverently around the throne, 
Is the Lamh for sinner- -lain — 
Type of Him who lives to reign. 

In the soul where Jesus reigns, 
More than Eden's Miss obtains : 
Flowerets there forever blow; 
There celestial harvests grow. 

Where disciples meet to pray 
Jesus rules with gentle sway, 

Filling every heart and tongue 

With the Lamb's adoring -«>ie_»-. 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



ROOM FOR JESUS. 

"Behold I stand at the door and knock. 9 * — Rev. 3: 20 

Nations, give Emmanuel room: 
Nol a cross — the felon's doom, 
Not a grave of gathering mold, 
Not a prison, dark and cold : 
Give Him valley, hill and mountain, 
Give Him sea and stream and fountain. 
Give I Iini flocks and corn and gold, 
Give I Tim treasures new and old, 
Give I Iim temple, church and hall, 
Give Him palace, cottage, stall, 
Let His banner be unfurled 
Through the kingdom of the world. 
Congregations, give Him room; 
Not a gilded, marble tomb, 
\<»t ;i place 'mid hearts of ice 
Not :i seat wit h hon< >red vice. 






THE REJECTED KIN'.. 83 

Give Him room, though scarred and fettered, 

Awkward, homely and unlettered; 

Room for Him, swing wide the door 

Though He enters with the poor : 

Bid Him welcome, though He comes 

Dressed in rags from wretched homes ; 

Let I Tim come in every race. 

Trophies of redeeming grace. 

Christian household, give Christ room 

Let Him to your table conic. 

At your altar when yon kneel. 

His blesl presence may yon feel : 

When yon wake and when yon Bleep, 

Let II i^ love your treasures keep ; 

Where your children work or play. 

Urge this Heavenly Guest to stay ; 

With your neighbors when you meet, 

( rive to Him the choicest seal : 

Greatly will that house he blesl 

Which shall give to Him its best. 



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THE REJECTED KING. 



Hark thee, soul! a Friend lias come; 
He is knocking, give Him room. 
He would enter at thy door. 
Though 'tis dusty, rough and poor; 
Bid Him welcome to abide; 
Where He dwells He will provide, 
Peace and plenty lie will bring, 
He that knocketh is thv Kins. 
He would sup with thee tonight. 
But tomorrow may invite 
Thee to be II is favored guest 
In the mansions of the blest. 



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SOUL, ARISE! 

Soil, arise! and give Christ room; 
Not alone thy days of gloom : 

Not when sinks the setting sun ; 
Not when all thy work is done. 

Give thy brightest, noblest power-: 
Give thy purest, sweetest hours, 
Give thy will, thy mind, thy heart : 
Give to Jesus all thou art. 

Then 'twill he His time to give 
.M<»rc than mortals can conceive; 
Rooms within Hi- mansions fail*. 
Where all precious blessings are. % 

Room f<»r Jesus, give Him room, 
( )]>en wide each heart and home ! 
Let Hi- banner he unfurled 
Through the kingdoms of the world ! 



THE REJECTED KING. 



THE BELIEVER'S RESPONSE. 

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, 
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light; 
Out of my sickness into Thy health, 
Out of my want and into Thy wealth. 
Out of my sin and into Thyself, 
Jesus, I come: Jesus, I conic 

Out of my shameful failure and loss, 
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross; 
Out of earth's poisons into Thy halm, 
Out of life's storms into Heavenly calm, 
( >ui of distress into jubilant psalm, 

Jesus, I Come ; Jesus, I come. 



( hit of unrest and arrogant pride, 
Into Th v rest ful will to abide ; 



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Out of myself to dwell in Thy love, 
Out of despair into raptures above, 
Upward for aye on wings of a dove, 
Jesus, I conic; Jesus, Icome. 

Out of my deatli and th* shade of the tomb, 
Into Thy life and beauteous home ; 
Out of the depths of ruin untold, 
Into the cheer of Thy sheltered fold, 
Into the streets and city of irold, 
Jesus, I come ; Jesus, I come 



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